They said that if you already conquered Pico De Loro (Mt. Palay-Palay), the next thing on your list should be Mt. Marami, which is also located at Maragondon, Cavite but has another jump-off located at Magallanes, Cavite.
We were actually planning to take the Magallanes jump-off, which can be found at Brgy. Ramirez, but since we were in a hurry to start the trek for us to finish early, we suddenly decided to use Brgy. Talipusngo the moment we saw its signage (which is in Maragondon).
Unlike Pico De Loro, Batulao, etc., Mt. Marami isn’t that famous though it’s summit is quite lower than Pico De Loro (according to our tour guide). And after the climb, I realized the reason why. ;P
We left Rosario, Cavite at 5:00 in the morning and started the trek at 7:00am. We registered at the Brgy. Hall amounting P20 each.
Having a tour guide is a must and required by the municipality. Usually, their tour guide can only accommodate 5-6 hikers but in our case we were allowed to have just one though we were 9. At first, I thought that we were lucky to pay for just one tour guide fee, which is P500. But then later on, I decided that we should give Kuya Lester P100 each for a fee. He deserved that amount. And just in case you were planning to climb this mountain, I highly recommend that you request Kuya Lester as your tour guide. You just need to mention his name.
If you are planning to bring your own car, the parking is available at the Barangay Hall but I suggest that you park your car somewhere nearer the start of the trek, which was what we did and it was a good thing that we did. 😀 There’s no parking fee, I just don’t know if they have fee during summer.
I know that summer’s over and there was an on and off rain the last few days before the schedule of our hike but the nature calls 😛 and I miss this kind of adventure and I cannot postpone nor cancel the hike because that sense of adventure might subside. I or we might lose our interest so we (or I insisted them) made it happen. 😀 Besides, the weather was good the day before and during the morning of our hike.
Yes, a lot of part of the trail was muddy. 😛
But there’s still some solid ground. ;P
There are 4 rivers which you need to cross on your way to the summit. I failed to do that research and didn’t include in our ‘things to bring’ a sandals or a slipper. 😛 Actually, I knew that there are rivers to cross but I didn’t expect that there’s a lot and that there’s a big possibility that our feet would sink. 😛
We went on climbing and then rest.. climbing and rest.. climb and rest..
And to tell you honestly, it was a freaking looooooong walk before you finally see some good scenery around you.
And then. you’ll realize that you’ve been climbing for almost 6 hours and you were just nearing the summit. But at least, you’re already near. 😛
Here are the views just a few steps toward the summit:
And when I am about to reach the summit, it rained.
So, here are what I’ve got and have seen above:
But here are the photos grabbed from my adventure buddies, since they arrived first at the summit and got the chance to see how beautiful the scenery is:
We also took the chance to have photos at the famous silyang bato. But we were in different angles. 😛
After eating our packed lunches, taking photos and resting for almost an hour at the summit, we have decided to go down because the rain might become heavy and also we need to reach the bottom of the mountain before the sun goes down. It was already 2:00pm when we started the trail going down the mountain.
We did a traverse by the way that’s why we experienced crossing a mini ‘bangin’. This was the dangerous part of the climb for me.
And then, we went down a steep rocky part after that ‘bangin’.
Then the rest on the way down was easy, if and only if you were wearing the right shoes. 🙂 Of course, the trail on the way down was muddy, so the risk of sliding was high. But it could be lessen if, like what I’ve said, you wear the right shoes for mountain climbing.
We were moving down the mountain faster than how we climbed it. And it was way easier to get down. But, I don’t know if it was due to exhaustion, it was like we were walking forever and not reaching the end or the bottom of this Mt. Marami! In my mind I was thinking, “Why are we still so high? Where’s the end of the mountain? I swear I’m never going back to this mountain!” But of course, I have no choice but walk my way to the bottom.
Kuya Lester, our tour guide, mentioned that they can actually use habal-habal on the lower parts of the mountain when the hikers request and rent for it. But it is only available during summer.
Then at exactly 6:30pm, we or I rather (because I was the last person that reached the bottom), finally ended the never ending walk. 😛
And then I realized why Mt. Marami was not a blockbuster compared with other mountains near the place. Because it’s Mt. Marami, short for Maraming lakariiiin. An extra challenge, indeed. This was also the first time that I accepted the help of the tour guide with my backpack. 😛
Anyway, just in case you were planning a day-hike at Mt. Marami here are additional tips for your trip:
5:00am – meet-up at Tejero, Cavite
6:30am – registration / pee time / getting ready / bag check / etc.
7:00am – start of the trek
1:15pm – summit
1:15pm to 2:00pm – lunch / rest at the summit
2:00pm – descending time
6:30pm – bottom
8:00pm – Tejero
P272 – gas share (sorry I cannot tell you the details on how to get there via public transpositions, because I don’t know how :p)
P20 – Registration fee
P100 – Tour guide fee
Things to bring:
Water (lots of water)
Slippers or Sandals
Energy bar (chocolates, etc.)
There you go, I am not planning to come back here but you should include it on your list. Still, it’s a must try. 😀 If you want to know more about our climb, click this link and watch our adventure: https://vimeo.com/228959030
P.S Please do pray to God for protection and strength. 😀